How to Exercise When You Have Arthritis
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I found out that I have arthritis eight years ago.  When I was diagnosed, I lived in constant pain that would cause me to be nearly immobile for weeks at a time.  There were days that I couldn't get off the couch and couldn't walk up the steps to go to bed.  By the time I got my arthritis under control, I had gained a significant amount of weight due to being sedentary for so long.  I knew the only way I would be able to lose the weight was to get active.  I know my body, and I have to work out to lose weight.  Clean eating alone doesn't give me very fast results.  Unfortunately, I could barely move let alone exercise.  

A few years before that, my husband was in a car accident and had to see a chiropractor for several months.  The chiropractor gave him some samples of Biofreeze® to use, and he bought it regularly for a while after that.  I learned how to exercise when you have arthritis and used Biofreeze® to help relieve the pain.

How to exercise when you have arthritis.

How to Exercise When You Have Arthritis

A body in motion stays in motion.  This is especially true when you have arthritis.  I found that I hurt worse for a few days, but then I feel a lot better when I work out.  

Being active is important for everyone, but it's especially important when you have arthritis.  

Exercise helps you by:

  • Boosting the strength of the muscles around your joints
  • Maintaining strong bones
  • Increasing energy
  • Can help improve sleep

Before starting an exercise plan, talk to your doctor.  He or she can recommend the type of exercise that would be best for your, either aerobic, building strength, or boosting flexibility.  Personally, I take tai chi for strength and flexibility and do aerobic exercise.  

Tips To Exercising With Arthritis

1.  Choose low impact.  To avoid stressing your joints, choose low impact exercises like elliptical training or a stationary bike.  Exercising in the water is also a great exercise for those with arthritis.  

2.  Be gentle.  Always warm up before you start exercising, especially with stretches to improve your range of motion.  

3.  Take your time.  When you start exercising, go slow.  If you feel pain, take a break for a while.  

4.  Heat and ice.  Heat can help your muscles and joints feel better before you start to exercise.  After you exercise, apply ice to your joints for 20 minutes at a time.  

5.  Use Biofreeze®.  Biofreeze® Pain Reliever doesn't need a prescription, and it doesn't have NSAIDs or narcotics to provide pain relief.  Instead, it has menthol for fast pain relief.  In fact it works as well as ice after a workout but without the hassle.  

What I like about Biofreeze® is that I can apply it and go on about my day.  I don't have to find the ice pack, fill it, and go sit down for 20 minutes.  

When we started using Biofreeze®, it was only available through a healthcare professional, but now it's available at several retail locations.  It was also only available in the Biofreeze® Pain Relief Gel.  Now they have a Pain Relief Roll-On and Pain Relief 360 Spray.  

Even though I wash my hands after using Biofreeze®, I prefer the Roll-On because it's less messy. I keep it in my gym back for when I go to Tai Chi because even though it is low impact, it does make me sore afterwards.

I'm really enjoying tai chi as part of my fitness plan.  It's like meditation in motion; very relaxing.  It does help me relax, but it's so much more.  It helps strengthen and flex your body all over.  I've noticed a big difference in my daily pain level in just two months.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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Cari Dunn
Cari Dunn

Cari lives on a small farm with her husband, three kids, two dogs, two cats, and a goat. She loves coffee, Gilmore Girls, her chihuahua, and her kids, but not in that order.